Oktoberfest, the famous festival that takes place every year in Munich, is the event where around six million litres of beer are served to the public.

At its conception, Oktoberfest was introduced by the marriage of Thérèse of Saxe-Hildburghausen to the future king Louis I of Bavaria in 1810. Louis I decided to make a racecourse on a 42 hectare piece of land. From 1810 to 1960, every year, a race was planned at this location in October.

In 1811 an agricultural festival was scheduled alongside the race, and, since then, it has attracted a number of sellers each year to sell food and beers. One can also find carousels and rides, of which, numbers have increased every year.

Today, this famous event takes two months to prepare for, due to the fact that, at the beginning, there was only one tent to welcome the beer drinkers, but now there are 14 tents to accommodate the masses that attend! The largest tent has the capacity to accommodate 11,000 people inside.

Oktoberfest won’t be so famous without the ‘Mass’ beer, which contains one litre and a high concentration of alcohol. The consumption of beers is about six million litres, which represents about one third of the annual production of the breweries in Munich. There is not just alcohol sold at Oktoberfest, people have to eat too. This explains why about half a million roast chickens, 100,000 pairs of sausages, 50,000 hams, and a hundred whole oxen are eaten during the 16 days of the festival!

Where there is alcohol, however, there are problems. During the Oktoberfest 2013, 759 people were arrested because of violence, there were two cases of rape, and sixteen sexual offences have been deplored. During the 16 days of Oktoberfest, a number of doctors are on the lookout for people who have consumed more than they can manage. In the 2013 edition, 638 people received medical assistance after drinking themselves unconscious. If you think that is a lot of people, it represents only 0.01 per cent of the participants who attended that year. 

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